Drug addiction is a chronic disease noted primarily by the compulsive need to seek and use drugs. While many people make the initial choice to use a drug, repeated drug use actually alters a person’s brain.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, abusing alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs costs the United States over $700 billion a year in crime, health care, and lost work productivity. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that about 23.5 million U.S. citizens over the age of 12 needed medical help for illicit drug or alcohol abuse in 2009.
Addiction is based on a chemical imbalance caused by drug abuse. It’s not a personal choice. Some people may be more prone to addiction based on genetics, family history, social environment, and mental health. Drugs affect neurotransmitters throughout your body. In response, your brain and nervous system may produce less of the neurotransmitter or alter its function. Your dependence essentially becomes a way to maintain normalcy.
Inpatient care is the best option for detox as it:
Access to a medical team is one of the best reasons to choose inpatient care. They can guarantee that you receive any necessary medications and provide peace of mind in the event that you experience any intense withdrawals or emergencies.
Detox often leads directly into rehabilitation or other long-term programs, like the 12-step program offered by Alcoholics Anonymous. Detox equips your body for better health, while rehab gives you the tools for long-term sobriety and health. At HARP, we can help you or your loved one find the road to recovery through our holistic, proprietary approach to treatment. If you have any questions about inpatient alcohol rehab or drug treatment, please call us now at 561-201-1133.